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Green Printing

Serious about sustainability.

We're dedicated to producing high quality print whilst ensuring our operations are environmentally friendly, here's how we do our part for the environment.

ISO14001 - Environmental certificate - Whirlwind Print 

ISO 14001: 2004 Environmental Management

The purpose of the environmental management standard is to protect the environment, to prevent pollution and improve environmental practices.

Whirlwind Print achieved this standard in 2007 and remains fully compliant, our business is externally audited to ensure we meet the accreditation requirements.

To maintain our accreditation we must:

  • Minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities, and
  • Achieve continual improvement of our environmental performance.

Green Printing Process

As part of our environmental stewardship we have made, and continue to make, changes to our green printing process:
  • Our production process includes 100% use of computer to plate technology, which means no film and no silver chemicals.
  • We recycle 100% of our aluminium plates, at least 95% of all cardboard, computers, monitors, glass, ink tins, paper containers and drink bottles, polythene packaging and timber pallets. In terms of paper alone that's approximately 33 tonnes per week.
  • We select paper stocks from sustainable timber resources which are bleached using Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) technology. We offer a premium range of 100% recycled paper stocks ideal for high quality printing.
  • A rigorous paper procurement policy which specifies suppliers with environmentally-focused ethics and paper stocks from sustainable forest material.
  • Paper wastage is reduced by providing an on-line proofing service, and by optimising our paper use with Metrix software. Our offset printing technique not only reduces paper wastage but more efficiently uses energy.
  • Our laminator has been modified to operate with completely recycled water saving 42,000 litres of water a year. Water saving technology fitted to our CTP machinery has reduced water requirements by 67% - saving 600 000 litres of water annually.
  • 50% of our CMYK inks we use are based on a mixture of soy and linseed vegetable oils (excludes metallics).
  • Our printing process operates alcohol-free.
  • All our cardboard packaging is 100% recycled board. 
  • We fitted our new manufacturing facilities at Knoxfield, with environmentally-friendly flooring and work surfaces and recycled materials.